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WW1 SPLATTER OR TANK CHAIN MAIL MASK

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WW1 SPLATTER OR TANK CHAIN MAIL MASK

Protective mask used in tanks. The tank crews used many purpose built and adapted items of head gear to protect themselves from splinters of hot metal becoming detached from the tank by shells. It is made of steel reinforced leather and fine chain mail, with slits for the eyes.

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  • I have one of these masks which was worn by my grandfather Frederick Alcorn when he was driver on the tank P16 of the 'B' company 16th Tank Battalion on the Rhine. It takes pride of place with the photographs of the regiment.
    .......... Andy Laddams, Tunbridge Wells Kent, England, 9th of August 2009

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